Thursday 14th June 2018

Late news, 10/6, Bude, Widemouth Bay: 1 Puffin 2-3 miles offshore. (R Kirkwood)

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

Lizard Point, seawatch, 0730-0830: 1 2s Laughing Gull with kittiwakes going west about a mile off-shore this morning. Also 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Cormorant, 12 Fulmar, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 58 Guillemot, 1 Jackdaw, 62 Kittiwake, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Oystercatcher, 6 Raven, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Shag, 1 Feral Pigeon, 36 Gannet,  1 Great Northern Diver, 150 Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel, 384 Manx Shearwater, 7 Puffin, 38 Razorbill, 7 Sandwich Tern. Manx and Kittiwake number increasing later in morning. (T Blunden)

Goonhilly/Croft Pascoe: 10:45am-unconfirmed- Gyr Falcon (white phase). Almost completely white, large raptor flew from North East by radar dishes toward Croft Pascoe plantation, then low and fast. Dark tipped secondary feathers clearly visible. This bird was impressively fast. Heading Lizard direction. Also, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Siskin, 2 Stonechat, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Skylark, 2 Cuckoo. (J Evans)

Pendeen, seawatch: 1 Storm Petrel, 1 ad pale phase Arctic Skua, 1 juv Puffin, and about 200 Manx Shearwater per minute. (L Proctor)

Porthgwarra, Seawatch, 0510-0940: 2 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrel, 39 Puffin, 3 Great Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Commic Tern, several hundred Manx Shearwater. (H Wright)

Newquay, Towan Head: Lots of Manx Shearwaters a.m. some stopping to fish, also few Gannets, Kittiwakes & Fulmars. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 2s Mediterranean Gull, fly over towards estuary, 1 ad and 1 juv Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret and 2 Grey Heron. (T Mills)

Barnacle Goose, Tony Mills

Sweetshouse: 30+ Starling over houses  at 1100 hrs. (R. Barlow)

Heligan: 2 Swallow entering and leaving nest site at Lobbs farm shop. (R. Barlow)

Looe, St Martin: 1 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker being fed by adult male from early morning and then trying to feed itself from seed feeder. (P Sharp)

Torpoint, Marine Drive:  Risso’s Dolphin around barges at 18.00 (Tor Elm)

Downderry:  a seawatch ending at 0715 included 116 Manx Shearwater, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Tern. Later (0905-1010) 135 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kittiwake and 2 Mediterranean Gulll were noted. (A Payne)

Padstow, Tregirls Beach: 3 Mediterranean Gull at high tide this eve. (S Grose)

Truro: 1 m Bullfinch and 6 Goldfinch in front garden. (M Costa)

Goss Moor: 4 juvenile Teal successfully fledged this evening. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

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Wednesday 19th February 2014

Marazion: 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 ad Glaucous Gull, 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull, 40 Sanderling, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 f Eider, 1 Kittiwake and 6 Oystercatcher. (P St Pierre, D Eva, T Mills, D King, A Hartley & J St Ledger) 1 Laughing Gull reported again today.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

Falmouth Bay: 40 Black-throated Diver, 25 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Iceland Gull, 5 Great Skua, 700+ Razorbills and Guillemots. (R Hollis for AK Wildlife Cruises)

Newquay, Porth Reservoir: 1 Black-throated Diver still present. (M Lammas)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 12 Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Bittern, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 9 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 ad Kittiwake, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Penzance, Eastern Green: 1 1w drake Surf Scoter offshore, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Gull. (D King & J St Ledger)

Pendeen: 2 Raven. (A Hartley)

Trevose Head: 7 Lapland Bunting, 1 1w Glaucous Gull, 5 Red-throated Diver (inc 1 s.pl), 40 Linnet, 1 Guillemot and 1 Skylark. (S Rowe)

Harlyn Bay: 3 ad Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Widemouth Bay: 1 partial albino Blackbird. (R Mudge)

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Blackbird, Rod Mudge

Camel Estuary Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 30 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20  Blackbird, c500  Black-headed Gull, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 6   Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch (1f,1m ), 3   Buzzard, 2 Canada Goose, c50 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Common Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Cormorant, 30 Curlew, c500 Dunlin, 6 Dunnock, 1 Goldcrest, c1000 Golden Plover, 10 Goldfinch, 6 Goosander, 20 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Tit, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Greenshank, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Grey Plover, 2 Grey Wagtail, c100 Herring Gull, 8 House Sparrow, c20 Jackdaw, 30 Lapwing, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 10 Long–tailed Tit, 20   Magpie, 10  Mallard, 2 Meadow Pipit, 30 Mute Swan, c50 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Raven, c80 Redshank, 2 Redwing, 20 Ringed Plover, 20 Robin, c50 Rook, 1 Ruff, 40 Shelduck, 3 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Redshank, c500 Starling, 1 Whooper Swan, 10 Wigeon, c50 Wood Pigeon and 1 Wren. (per C Travis, The “Martin Cutland” Wildlife walk)

St Ives: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Sennen Cove: 2 Great Skua. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Foage Valley, Zennor: 2 Woodcock displaying and calling this evening. (V Stratton)

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Tuesday 18th February 2014

Bude Marsh: 1 m Pintail, 1 Cormorant, 25 Moorhen, 45 Canada Geese, 71 Lapwing, 56 Mallard, 3+ Snipe, 19 Teal, 52 Black-headed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 11 Oystercatcher, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 6 Greenfinch, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Linnet, 1 Wren, 6+ Blue Tit, 2 Magpie and 14 Rook in trees at nesting site, many Chaffinches and Blackbirds. (H Kendall & R Mudge)

River Lynher, Jupiter Point: 1 Razorbill. (D Allen)

St Ives: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on beach seaward of pier and 1 Great Northern Diver out to sea. A flock of 10/12 Turnstones flew past Porthgwidden beach. (D Jenkins)

Ponsanooth Sewerage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest and 15 Chiffchaff. (M Grantham)

Gwennap Sewerage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 10 Chiffchaff and 5 Green Sandpiper. (M Grantham)

Falmouth Bay: 28 Great Northern Diver,  2 Black-throated Diver (inc. 1 in summer plumage), 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Skua and 1 Iceland Gull. (AK Wildlife Cruises)

Marazion, mouth of Red River: 6 Common Gulls. 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Kittiwake. (A Hartley) Off Station House Carpark: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull, 1 ad Glaucous Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Kittiwake and Long-tailed Duck. (T Mills, I Webster, L Proctor et al) 1 1w Laughing Gull reported again.

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 15 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Bittern, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 12 Moorhen, 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Guillemot, 1 ad Kittiwake, 7 Chiffchaff, 2+ Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Penzance, off Railway Station: 1 1w Surf Scoter, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Eider, 1 Peregrine and 2 Black Redstart. (P St Pierre & A Hartley)

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Black-throated Diver, Adam Hartley.

 

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Guillemot, Adam Hartley.

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Surf Scoter, Adam Hartley.

 

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank and  Wigeon. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 1 Mallard. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone and 5 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Mount Edgcumbe: 1 heavily oiled Guillemot on Garden Battery beach, 1 Guillemot & 1 Razorbill further off towards Drakes Island but neither looked v well. 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Firecrest, 8 Moorhen, 1 drake Gadwall, 30+ Mallard, 2 Canada Geese, 2 (m + f) Sparrowhawk. (R Hurrell)

St Ives: 1 Black Redstart at Pedn Olva Hotel; 3 Great Northern Diver in the harbour. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth, Carrick Roads: 42 Great Northern Diver. (D Chaney) Falmouth Bay: 37 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 500+ Shag, 54+ Guillemot and 4 Razorbill. (D Chaney) Tregenver Road: 1 ad Glaucous Gull. (S Perfect) Swanpool Point: 47 Black-throated Diver and 10 Great Northern Diver. (D Chaney)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Mute Swan, 72 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 2 Muscovy Duck, 56  Mallard, 2 Call Duck, 6 Teal, 22 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard and 2 Raven. (DK Parker)

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Monday 17th February 2014

Late news, 16/2, Sancreed: 2 Golden Plover, 30 Lapwing, 30 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff and a Peacock butterfly on the wing. (D Flumm)

Late news 16/2, Coverack, Little Treleaver: 1 Richard’s Pipit reported.

Rame, Cawsand: 1 Barn Owl. (Per L Courtnell)

Rosemullion Head: 1130 Kittiwake, 640 Guillemot and 200 Razorbill flew south plus 7 divers (4 Great Northern and 3 sp), 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Blue Fulmar and 1 Pomarine Skua in three hours. (P McCartney)

Penzance, Chyandour: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 m Eider, 4 Black Redstart, 20 Sanderling. Also 1 dead Razorbill and 6 dead Guillemots along a 2km stretch of beach from Penzance eastwards with 2 live Guillemots (one of which was caught and then killed by a dog). (D Flumm) Railway Station: 2 Black Redstart and 1 m Eider. (D King & R Farnes) 1 Surf Scoter still. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Harbour: 3 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion, Old Station Car Park: 1 1w Laughing Gull at 08.00 and then again at about 16.45. (DK Parker & NR Phillips) plus 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull, 3 (2 ad & 1 juv) Glaucous Gull,  5+ Common Gull, 4 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Little Gull, several Kittiwake, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 live and 2 dead Guillemot. (M Ahmad, D King, MJ Spicer, T Mills et al)

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Eider, Rod Farnes

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Kumlien’s Gull, Rod Farnes

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 ad Glaucous Gull, 1 Kittiwake and 2 Guillemots (probably only the 2nd & 3rd records for the reserve). (DK Parker) 1 possibly 2  Bittern. (D King) plus 1 Little Egret. (T Mills)

St Ives harbour: 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still.

Falmouth Bay: 1 Little Gull, 1 Black-throated Diver and 5+ Great Northern Diver. Pendennis Point: 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose, hundreds of Kittiwakes, 1 Gannet, 20+ Fulmar, lots of Razorbill, fewer Guillemot, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (D Chaney) Castle Beach: c40 Black-headed Gull, 13 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Little Egret. (D Chaney) Carrick Roads: 40+ Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (D Chaney)  Swanpool Point: 33 Black-throated Diver. (D Chaney)

Note: there are many reports of dead auks being found not only on the strandline, (16/02 8 dead auks picked up at Longrock, “many more” on the beach. – P Yeates), but also inland (Folly Fields Car Park, and a Razorbill in a field at St Erth). Presumably these are victims of the recent storms rather than any pollution incident. 

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